26th Feb 2008
Types of Dishwasher
Compact or Counter Top Dishwashers
These dishwashers accommodate a smaller number of place settings than a slim line dishwasher. They usually offer less in the way of the number of available wash programs and tend to be less energy efficient than larger machines, typically in the drying portion of a cycle. Having said that, you may find this type of dishwasher useful if you’re short on space, you have a smaller household or perhaps if you have trouble bending down.
Slim Line Dishwashers
If a full sized dishwasher is too big for your needs, you might want to consider a slim line version. They’re a good choice if you belong to a smaller household or have a smaller kitchen. Although they can accommodate less place settings (around nine as opposed to the twelve to fourteen of a full sized model) many slim line dishwashers include all the features you would expect to find in a full sized model, including electronic controls with delay timers, a variety of wash programs and temperatures salt and rinse agent indicator lights, and adjustable baskets. In terms of energy efficiency and performance, again, you’ll find many to be comparable to their full sized counterparts.
There’s a fairly good choice of portable dishwashers available today and some of the more expensive models have as many features as you would expect with a standard dishwasher, whether freestanding or integrated. Portable dishwashers are also fitted with castors making them easy to move and store when not in use. Portable dishwashers are attached both to your kitchen water supply and an electrical point. These dishwashers come with special adaptors so you can connect them to the taps and a separate hose which can be positioned to drain either into your kitchen sink or waste disposal outlet. A portable dishwasher could be an option for you if you’ve got limited space in your kitchen or even if you’re renting and want to take it with you when you move.
Two Drawer Dishwashers
These dishwashers are essentially a full sized dishwasher (capable of taking twelve place settings), split into two, with each compartment or drawer taking 6 place settings. There are multiple uses for this type of machine. You can fill the two drawers as you would a standard full sized machine and use as it as you normally would. You can also use the two drawers to wash different types of loads at the same time – glass and dinner plates in one and pots and pans in the other, for example. Another option is to use clean dishes from one drawer and to load them and wash them in the other drawer. However, while this type of dishwasher does have some advantages, unfortunately it doesn’t come cheap.
Commercial dishwashers are normally used in the catering and hotel trades, but actually have much wider uses such as church groups, social clubs and residential care facilities. They are available in upright or under-counter models and work at much higher temperatures than domestic models. Many are fitted with heat boosters to bring the water temperature up to the correct operating temperature. Commercial dishwashers are much more powerful than domestic models and have much shorter wash cycles, ranging from between 90 seconds up to several minutes in length. They are available with racks specifically designed to take a combination of plates, cutlery and glassware (though you can also buy glassware-only washers if necessary).
These dishwashers are powerful machines which can be expensive to run (both in terms of water usage and the amount of electricity used to heat the water to the right temperature). They are also expensive to buy because they generally get subjected to much more intensive use than a domestic dishwasher and need to be able to stand up to considerable wear and tear. Commercial dishwashers can be bought from companies that supply the catering trade.